The Tennessee Titans ended their three-game losing streak when they beat the New York Jets 14-10 on December 17, 2012. Chris Johnson had the highlight of the game with his 94-yard touchdown run. Besides that play, this was one of the sloppiest and most-poorly played NFL games that I remember on Monday Night Football.
The following are some studs, grades, and a reaction about that contest.
Run Offense: A+ for touchdown runs, everything else F
Pass Offense: D
Run Defense: C
Pass Defense: A
Special Teams: F
Chris Johnson: A
Chris Johnson played a significant role in both touchdowns. During the second quarter, Johnson broke through the middle for a 94-yard touchdown run. During the third quarter, Johnson had a key block on a 13-yard bootleg touchdown from Jake Locker.
Outside of those two plays, Johnson had 20 carries for 28 yards. Much of that was because of the injuries on the offensive line.
Side note: Johnson honored the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. He had the names of each victim written on his shoes.
Jake Locker: D+
Locker completed 13-of-22 passes for 149 yards. Most of his incompletions were a result of poor accuracy. He overthrew a couple open receivers who were streaking downfield. The offensive line allowed four sacks.
Here’s one thing that Locker did well: zero turnovers. No one can say that about the quarterback on the other side of the football.
The defense forced five turnovers. Actually, it was more like Mark Sanchez just giving them the football. Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions. The interceptions were mind-boggling because they were in double, even triple coverage. They were the type of passes that Madden gamers defend when they’re playing people who do nothing but throw deep routes. Sanchez also mishandled a shotgun snap with 47 seconds left.
Zach Brown had a nice performance. Brown had seven tackles, three of which were for losses. He also had two sacks. Akeem Ayers and Derrick Morgan each added one sack.
Only major gaffe was on a botched coverage from backup linebacker Tim Shaw. Other than that, he didn’t play that bad. Overall, a solid performance from the defense.
Overall Performance: D
One word: ugly. The Titans won despite converting just 2-of-13 third-down attempts. They had 14 penalties for 111 yards. Rob Bironas had a field goal blocked because he was late on the field. He rushed his attempt.
Put it this way: the Titans won the turnover battle 5-0. Yet, they barely won the game.
A win is a win. But if the Titans play like that (or last four weeks) against a quality opponent? Bud Adams will get embarrassed. And that’s not good for job security.
The Titans have a short week to prepare for the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers. The Packers are playing for higher playoff seeding. They’re currently a No. 3 seed. They’re one-half game behind the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 2 seed.
The Titans just faced Mark Sanchez. Six days later, how much of a shock will it be when they face Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field? A good test for this young defense.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. From 2009-10, Huffman completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. He has been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. Twitter HERE.
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